WVU Hosts Marshall on Dollar Night


By Grant Dovey for WVUsports.com
April 01, 2013 04:22 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU baseball team plays host to Marshall on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Hawley Field. The game will be the second of a three-game series against the Thundering Herd throughout the season.

Tuesday’s game has been designated as a “Dollar Night” with all tickets, hot dogs, popcorn and Coca-Colas available for just one dollar.

The game can be heard on the affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station. Live streaming video and stats of the game can be accessed at WVUsports.com.

WVU (15-13) has won six straight games since dropping a 6-4 extra-inning decision to Texas Tech on March 23. WVU was 5-0 last week, with a win over Eastern Kentucky and a four-game sweep of New Orleans.

Tuesday's game marks the second meeting between the teams this season. The Mountaineers were blanked by the Thundering Herd, 8-0, on March 19 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

Coach Randy Mazey will send WVU senior right-hander Dan Dierdorff (1-3, 4.94 ERA) to the mound against the Thundering Herd. Marshall coach Jeff Waggoner will counter with freshman left-hander Alex Thackston (0-1, 3.86 ERA).

WVU junior first baseman Ryan McBroom led the Mountaineers to their five wins last week by launching three homers and recording six RBIs. McBroom hit .400 (6-for-15) on the week with one double, three home runs, nine runs scored and six RBIs. McBroom unloaded solo homers in each of the final three games against New Orleans, while also hitting a game-winning single against the Privateers in the series finale. McBroom is hitting .280 on the year, and he leads the Mountaineers with 24 RBIs, while tying for the team lead in homers (6) and doubles (11).

Junior catcher Alan Filauro batted .533 (8-for-15) for the Mountaineers in four games last week with two runs, one homer and seven RBIs.

Junior left fielder Jacob Rice batted .467 (7-for-15) with six runs, four doubles, five RBIs and one stolen base in four games last week. He continues to lead the team in batting average (.391), while he is tied for the team lead in doubles (11). He also has one homer, 16 RBIs and six stolen bases.

The Thundering Herd is led at the plate by sophomore infielder Andrew Dundon, who is hitting .333 with four doubles and 13 RBIs. Senior outfielder Isaac Ballou is batting .296 with eight doubles and nine RBIs, and senior infielder Nathan Gomez is hitting .284 with five doubles, one homer and 15 RBIs.

Marshall is hitting .267 as a team with four home runs and 17 stolen bases in 28 attempts. The pitching staff sports a 4.15 ERA and 175 strikeouts in 221.0 innings.

WVU has a 38-22 all-time mark against Marshall, and the Mountaineers have won 14 of the last 17 meetings with the Thundering Herd.



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